FROM THE EDITOR
Call it a tale of two treaties. There was the Treaty of Waitangi signed in 1840, which gave us a holiday weekend, though not without traditional protest; and the TPPA, signed also amid protests.
Common to both are ambiguity and controversy, while at their hearts are issues of sovereignty.
It has taken 176 years and counting, to untangle the complexities of Waitangi. Understanding the consequences of the TPP has only just begun.
In both cases, one side hails an aspect of the argument, while the other interprets something else.
Those pro TPP see expanded trade opportunities in six ‘‘Free trade in our time’’ chapters. Those opposed see global corporate interests subverting sovereignty and the democratic process in the other 24.
At least now we’re having the TPPA debate. Vigorous debate, even if it is uncomfortable, is vital. We are only where we are with Waitangi because of it.